Flash Fiction #50


PROMPT -© Marie Gail Stratford


All the corn plants were to be shredded and put into the tower as silage.  The crop was large, so ten-year-old Billy’s job was to tromp it down, so it all fit.

He brought one of their cows in through the little bottom door to help him.  For several boring hours, he and Bossy had plodded ‘round and ‘round.

Finally the level neared the top, and his Dad yelled that they were done.  “Just back out that little hatch, and climb down the ladder.”


“A cow??  You took a cow in there??!  How is she going to climb down??!”

Go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.


35 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #50

  1. BrainRants says:

    Big parachute?


    • Archon's Den says:

      Why don’t blind people skydive??
      D’yever hear a German Shepherd scream at 10,000 feet?? 😯
      That’s nothin’ compared to a cow, at 50 feet.
      Bring the tractor; we’ll try para-sailin’ her.
      Nah! Carrying a barbecue up, is easier than getting her down. Nom, nom! 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  2. A bit of a problem methinks! Nice one.
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  3. Margaret says:

    They’re going to need to bring in the heavy equipment – poor Bessy needs to get out of there. Very funny.


  4. draliman says:

    Ten year olds are not known for thinking ahead :-). Fun story!


  5. gahlearner says:

    Hehe, solving that problem will give them stories to tell for years. Poor Bessy, fun story.


    • Archon's Den says:

      And if they get paid as much for their stories as I do for mine….
      As long as the tales center on the poor cow. I’d hate to hear, “This here’s Billy. He’s 26, and still goin’ to school – on the short bus!” 😳

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Jan Brown says:

    Bit of a logistics problem there😀


    • Archon's Den says:

      I read a list just yesterday of Facts? – Or Urban Legends?, including,
      A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no-one knows why. – and
      You can lead a cow up a flight of stairs…but not down.
      Whatever the solution is, it will be complex and expensive, but not a stairway.
      It was good for a chuckle….and a Flash Fiction. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  7. And it seemed like such a great idea at the time… 🙂 Great story! My story involves a cow, too. Go figure…


  8. ansumani says:

    Steak? A fun read 🙂


  9. livingonchi says:

    What a cute story! Poor Bossy, though. Not a good ending for him 😦


  10. bykimberlylynne says:

    I think Bossy would have an easier time eating her way back down than I would climbing down a ladder that high! Fun story; you perfectly captured the kid not thinking things through.


  11. Hilarious, Archon. a crane perhaps? 😀


  12. mjlstories says:

    Very funny! But had he never heard that old saying, don’t take a cow with you when you tromp the silage?


    • Archon's Den says:

      No, but he’d heard that you can lead a horse to water, but if you can get him to roll over and float on his back, you’re a winner on America’s Got Talent! 😉 😕


  13. Cow-abunga!!!!

    Oops. By the time she eats her way out, she be bigger than the fatted calf.



  14. Amy Reese says:

    That’s a good question? Poor moo-moo stuck!


  15. phylor says:

    My maternal grandfather and the boys liked to whoop it up on Halloween — they were all tricks. Knocking over outhouses (I hope empty ones) and several times getting cows on roofs of buildings — or so the legend goes.
    Unfortunately, the secret of getting the cow off the roof died with him.


  16. shimoniac says:

    Oh! So that’s why the price of beef is going up? 😛


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